The hidden 'Royal' Longford River: Mystery

Wednesday 21 April 2021
19:30 to 20:30

WT Longford River

This double-header of talks by Rich Clarke will explore the Longford River, a 12 mile stretch of artificial waterway that runs from the village of Longford, at the western end of Heathrow Airport's northern runway through Bedfont, Feltham, Hanworth and Hampton Hill to Bushy Park, Hampton Court Palace, and finally the Thames. The ‘river’ more closely resembles a canal, and passes through the Crane catchment. While it does not directly connect with the Crane (it’s closest point is at Hanworth), both share links to the Duke of Northumberland’s River.


The first talk focused on its history, particularly what is known about it's creation in the 1630s and how it is has changed over the past almost 400 years. This second talk will explore the river's mysteries focusing on the gaps in knowledge about what the landscape and pre-existing waterways, the names it has been known by, and explore whether the current dominant narratives around the river tell its complete story.


All are welcome to join this on-line get together from the comfort of your own armchair. We do require you to register here to share the Zoom login details to join the event. The login / dial in details will be sent to you on the day of the talk.

Contact Jane Satchwell
Cost Free. You must register via the blue register link above to receive login link.